Identities

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The study of identity crosses all disciplinary borders to address such issues as the multiple interactions of race, class, and gender in feminist, lesbian, and gay studies, postcolonialism and globalization, and the interrelation of nationalism and ethnicity in ethnic and area studies. Identities will help disrupt the cliché-ridden discourse of identity by exploring the formation of identities and problem of subjectivity.

Leading scholars in literary criticism, anthropology, ...

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Overview

The study of identity crosses all disciplinary borders to address such issues as the multiple interactions of race, class, and gender in feminist, lesbian, and gay studies, postcolonialism and globalization, and the interrelation of nationalism and ethnicity in ethnic and area studies. Identities will help disrupt the cliché-ridden discourse of identity by exploring the formation of identities and problem of subjectivity.

Leading scholars in literary criticism, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy explore such topics as "Gypsies" in the Western imagination, the mobilization of the West in Chinese television, the lesbian identity and the woman's gaze in fashion photography, and the regulation of black women's bodies in early 20th-century urban areas. This collection of twenty articles brings together the special issue of Critical Inquiry entitled "Identities" Summer 1992, two other previously published essays, and five previously published critical responses and rejoinders, all of which is interrogated in two new essays by Michael Gorra and Judith Butler.

Contributors include Elizabeth Abel, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Akeel Bilgrami, Daniel Boyarin, Jonathan Boyarin, Judith Butler, Hazel V. Carby, Xiaomei Chen, Diana Fuss, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Avery Gordon, Michael Gorra, Cheryl Herr, Saree S. Makdisi, Walter Benn Michaels, Christopher Newfield, Gananath Obeyesekere, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Sara Suleri, Katie Trumpener, and Joseph Valente.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226284385
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press Journals
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: A Critical Inquiry Book Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Kwame Anthony Appiah, the president of the PEN American Center, is the author of The Ethics of Identity, Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy, The Honor Code and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism.
Raised in Ghana and educated in England, he has taught philosophy on three continents and is currently a professor at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction: Multiplying Identities 1
Essays
"British Cannibals": Contemplation of an Event in the Death and Resurrection of James Cook, Explorer 7
Race into Culture: A Critical Genealogy of Cultural Identity 32
Occidentalism as Counterdiscourse: "He Shang" in Post-Mao China 63
Fashion and the Homospectatorial Look 90
Policing the Black Women's Body in an Urban Context 115
Woman Skin Deep: Feminism and the Postcolonial Condition 133
Acting Bits/Identity Talk 147
The Empire Renarrated: Season of Migration to the North and the Reinvention of the Present 181
What Is a Muslim? Fundamental Commitment and Cultural Identity 198
Nationalism and Social Division in Black Arts Poetry of the 1960s 220
Black Writing, White Reading: Race and the Politics of Feminist Interpretation 242
The Erotics of Irishness 271
Diaspora: Generation and the Ground of Jewish Identity 305
The Time of the Gypsies: A "People without History" in the Narratives of the West 338
Critical Responses
White Philosophy 380
The No-Drop Rule 401
Fashionable Theory and Fashionable Women: Returning Fuss's Homospectatorial Look 413
Look Who's Talking, or If Looks Could Kill 424
Response to Identities 434
Collected and Fractured: Response to Identities 439
Index 449
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